Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Singers of the San Carlo Grand Opera Company

May 7, 2016

Fritz Werner (Tenor) (18. November 1871 Wien, † 22. September 1940 Bad Hall)





His real name was Fritz Herz; he was the son of a Viennese dentist. He was trained by pedagogue Hermann Grün in Vienna and his first part sang in 1892 at the Rudolfsheimer Volkstheater in Vienna in "Les dragons de Villars" of Maillart. Afterwards he guested in Ischl as Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’ and Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’. In the 1893-1896 seasons he was engaged as the first Tenor-Buffo by the theaters of Cologne and Bonn. Now he turned to the operetta and joined in 1896 to the Theater an der Wien. There he had in operetta "Der Schmetterling"  (as Rosefleur) by Weinberger a prominent success. In 1898, under the impresario Jauner,  he took part in the Russia tour of a Viennese operetta ensemble. He made guest performance at the Berliner Theater des Westens in opera "Der Husar" by I. Brüll. In Vienna he appeared only 200 times at the Carl Theater as Niki in operetta "Ein Waltertraum" by Oscar Straus. Then he performed  in Munich, Stuttgart, Mannheim and Karlsruhe and in the 1900-1902 and again in the 1904-1906 seasons he was a member of the Theater am Gärtnerplatz in München.  in the  1902-1903 season he was engaged by the Viennese Carl Theater, where he also made appearances in  the 1907-1910 seasons.  In  the 1913-1914 season he was active as a singer and director at the Viennese Bürgertheater; then he was active at the Metropoltheater in Berlin, Operettentheater in Hamburg and in the 1924-1925 season at the Corso-Theater in Zürich. In 1926 he retired because of a heavy illness. He appeared in a huge number of operetta premieres, among other things: "Der Frauenfresser" by E. Eysler (Bürgertheater Wien 1911), "Der lachende Ehemann" of the same composer (Bürgertheater Wien 1913), "Die Winzerbraut" of O. Nedbal (Theater an der Wien 1916) and "Das Hollandweibchen" of E. Kálmán (Johann Strauß-Theater Wien 1920), "Ein Walzertraum" (Carl-Theater 1907) and "Rund um die Liebe" by Oscar Straus (Johann Strauß-Theater 1914) as well as the operetta ‘’Mädi’’ of Robert Stolz (Berlin Theater 1920). 

Chronology of some appearances

1892 Rudolfsheimer Volkstheater
1892 Ischl Theater
1896 Theater an der Wien
1900-1902 München Theater am Gärtnerplatz
1902-1903 Wien Carl Theater
1904-1906 München Theater am Gärtnerplatz
1907-1910 Wien Carl Theater
1913-1914 Wien Bürgertheater
1924-1925 Zürich Corso-Theater

RECORDINGS FOR SALE











G&T, Berlin  1905
Geh, mach' dein Fensterl auf (Jurek) 3-42234  3139L
I und der Mond (Leicht) 3-42233 3138L

G&T, Berlin 1906
Verzeihe mir Fritz Werner 3-42653 4558L

Zonophone,  Berlin 1906
Der Herrgott meint's gut Maxstadt X-22451

G&T, Berlin 7- 1-10
Der Graf von Luxemburg (Lehár): Ich bin der Graf von Luxemburg V* 2-22191  2014ab
Der Graf von Luxemburg (Lehár): Bist du's lachendes Glück V* 2-24152  2015ab


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